Federal Member for Fremantle Josh Wilson caught up in citizenship scandal

Federal Member for Fremantle Josh Wilson.
Federal Member for Fremantle Josh Wilson.

FEDERAL Member for Fremantle Josh Wilson is one of four ALP members that may be referred to the High Court of Australia for being a dual citizen at the time of nomination.

A motion was passed by the Opposition yesterdayto refer members of government, opposition and a cross bencher to the High Court.

The motion was blocked by the Government.

Mr Wilson said he renounced his citizenship last year on May 12.

“It was the day I was endorsed as the Labor candidate for Fremantle,” he said.

“I nominated in the knowledge that I had taken all proper and reasonable steps to divest myself of UK citizenship prior to nomination.”

On 24 June Mr Wilson received a letter confirming renunciation of his UK citizenship.

“It is too early to say what will happen from here,” he said.

“I have welcomed the opportunity to participate in the parliamentary citizenship disclosure process.

“I have not served one day as anything other than an Australian citizen.

“I was one of the first members of Parliament to release documentation showing the successful renunciation of my British citizenship.

“I’m going to keep working hard for the people of Fremantle as long as I’m given that privilege.”

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